Laquon Treadwell didn’t think much about a friendship with Kenyan Drake at the time of Drake’s injury.
Drake, Alabama’s smaller and quicker back, suffered a lower leg injury in the Rebels’ 23-17 win over the Crimson Tide last season. Drake had to be carted off the field at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The injury required surgery and ended his season.
Treadwell didn’t know then that his time was coming. He and Drake entered the unfortunate Fraternity of the Wounded later last season when Treadwell suffered leg and ankle injuries against Auburn. Like Drake, there was surgery, and there was no more football in 2014.
When Drake – a high school teammate of Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram in Powder Springs, Ga. – learned of Treadwell’s injuries he reached out.
“Me and Kenyan, we communicated a couple of times. Unfortunately his was first. Once I injured myself he reached out to me, told me, ‘Keep your head up.’ We checked on each other through fall camp. He said everything was going well. He’s making a lot of plays for them at kickoff return and running back so … It’s very nice to see someone coming back off injury,” Treadwell said.
This season Drake (6-1, 210) has 16 carries for 117 yards and a score, seven catches for 139 yards and a score and five kick returns averaging 19.8 yards.
Treadwell hasn’t reached the end zone yet but is Ole Miss’ leading receiver with nine catches for 117 yards.
“It’s not a fraternity you want to join, but having someone else with an injury just as big as yours and being able to communicate with them gives you confidence and brings your comfort level up,” Treadwell said.